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3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Presented to Strong Memorial Hospital at 44th Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Award honors WOCN Society members for successful programs in improving skin integrity</i> </p>

Monday, June 11, 2012

3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Presented to Strong Memorial Hospital at 44th Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society10:54 EDT Monday, June 11, 2012 ST. PAUL, Minn. (Business Wire) -- 3M and the WOCN Society announce that the Adult Critical Care Skin Care Team from Strong Memorial Hospital of Rochester, N.Y., is the inaugural recipient of the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety. 3M sponsored the competitive award to recognize and promote health care facilities and their WOCN Society members who have implemented a patient care regimen resulting in improved skin integrity, or the maintenance of patients' skin health as it undergoes treatment in a health care facility or system. To compete for the award, facilities were invited by the WOCN to submit summaries of skin care programs that have achieved measurable and sustained results and which also demonstrate best-in-class prevention protocols, product formulary, interdisciplinary participation, senior leadership engagement, as well as creative and effective staff and patient education. Members of the winning team received complementary travel and attendance to the annual WOCN conference in Charlotte. Strong Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital comprised of three patient care centers that are part of the University of Rochester Medical Center. The facility's program was selected for its outstanding achievements in pressure ulcer prevention and promotion of skin integrity. “Along with WOCN, we've long been advocates of improved patient care in the area of skin integrity,” said Marcello Napol, Skin Integrity global business leader of 3M Skin & Wound Care Division. “Strong Memorial Hospital has instituted a commendable program that has delivered tangible results. It's a privilege to provide this award in recognition of their success.” Mojdeh Poul, vice president of global marketing for 3M's Skin and Wound Care Division, presented the award to Cathy Van Houten, project champion of the winning program at Strong Memorial Hospital, at the 44th Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, hosted this year in Charlotte, N.C. "WOC nurses specialize in skin and wound care and lead efforts within their institutions and facilities to provide cost-effective care with positive patient outcomes. We are honored to offer this new award program that will help to facilitate best practice sharing as well as to recognize the contributions of skin and wound care professionals,” said Nicolette Zuecca, executive director of WOCN Society. 3M's leadership in improving skin integrity is reflected in its innovative line of Cavilon™ brand products, designed to help protect skin and prevent skin damage. The Cavilon professional skin care line includes cleansers, moisturizers, moisture barriers and antifungal creams that help simplify skin care regimens, maintain and support skin integrity, and provide comfort and convenience to clinicians, patients and families. Learn more at www.3m.com/cavilon. About 3M Health Care3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical, oral care, drug delivery, food safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond today, solve problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the world. Learn more at www.3mhealthcare.com. About WOCNThe Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN® ) is a professional nursing society that supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence. 3M and Cavilon are trademarks of 3M.3MMary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806mckokkinen@mmm.comorFleishman-HillardHeather Sheriff, 612-573-3105heather.sheriff@fleishman.com